Academy status for Catholic trio

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THREE Catholic schools in South Yorkshire have become the first in the Hallam Diocese to convert into voluntary academies.

The schools - All Saints and Notre Dame in Sheffield and St Bernard’s in Rotherham - were given the consent of the Bishop and trustees of the Diocese of Hallam to change their status.

Catholic schools have only recently been able to convert to academy status after lengthy negotiations between the Catholic Education Service of England and the Department of Education.

The Catholic church wanted to ensure the religious ethos and character of its schools were retained.

A spokeswoman from the Diocese office said: “The Diocese is developing a partnership model of working across all of its schools. This will ensure every school is a member of a close group of schools.

“Catholic schools which become academies make a commitment to working in partnership, not only with other schools, but also for the common good and the benefit of all children.”